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Service Animals In Elementary Classrooms: Examining Educator And Family Perspectives Of A Working Service Animal In An Elementary Classroom, Jenna Falldorf Jan 2017

Service Animals In Elementary Classrooms: Examining Educator And Family Perspectives Of A Working Service Animal In An Elementary Classroom, Jenna Falldorf

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990 by President Bush. Although the ADA includes laws about public access rights for people with disabilities and their service animals, many schools are reluctant to have service animals (that are partnered with children with disabilities) included in early childhood classrooms. Teachers that have had experience with working animals in their elementary classrooms have reported many benefits, not only for the student with a disability, but for the other students in the classroom as well. Research on dogs in classrooms has shown potential social, behavioral, and academic improvements in ...